Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer


‘Whoever
flees from prayer
flees all
that is good.’

St. John of the Cross

Prayer. We often think of prayer as something difficult, especially contemplative prayer. If we read the classics, written by the saints, it seems to take years of arduous training to pass through gradually ascending levels to reach the pinnacle of prayer, complete union with Christ where we can say with St. Paul, “No longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me.”

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Yet after living with children for 34 years, I have good news,  tidings of great joy for you. If I allow myself to relax and surrender control,  like a child trusting in her heavenly Daddy, I discover that it is God who heals, purifies and transforms me into His presence on earth. This process is all about Him, NOT me. My efforts, discipline, asceticism will not earn me union with God. This is not a competitive race to see who will succeed. This is a difficult concept to grasp for the modern Western mindset .

My small success this week is an eureka moment. After an acquaintance discussed how difficult it was to climb the holy mountain, reaching the pinnacle only with hard work and determination, I suddenly realized that there is no mountain except in our puny minds.

Matthew 17:20 NAS

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith ; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move ; and nothing will be impossible to you.
I started to smile and then laughed out with joy because I finally understood that when I let go of trying to battle and progress in  my strength, it is as if I flick and switch and then bang..burdens lift, joy bubbles up and it is accomplished in a blink of an eye. The mountain of my problems is gone because I am in Him and He is in me. Just like the readings this week proclaim, my life in Christ is a fact, it is accomplished, I must simply allow that truth to awake, rise up to my conscious mind from within my heart, soul and spirit.
I cannot help but repeat these verses from yesterday because that is how we finally understand reality.
I John 4: 13-16

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.

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God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

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 15 God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us

 

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